The quest to be No. 1 is a no brainer right now. Saint Louis again remains the unanimous No. 1 in the state.
After that, however, there are a wide range of opinions from two to 10 in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 released today.
Kahuku, which was shut out 17-0 by Bingham (Utah) in the Polynesian Football Classic on Saturday without quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava (shoulder), remained the No. 2 team in the state. However, the gap between the Red Raiders and No. 3 Mililani and No. 4 Punahou closed with the Trojans blowing out Farrington, 42-6, and the Buffanblu shutting out Kamehameha 21-0.
Mililani and Punahou flip-flopped spots for the third straight week with the Trojans earning one more vote than the Buffablu.
Kahuku’s vote lead on the No. 3 spot has shrunk from 14 four weeks ago to 12, 10 and now just four. Kahuku was listed fourth on more ballots (three) than Punahou (two), but also had six of the 10 second-place votes.
The Star-Advertiser’s Billy Hull, who has voted Kahuku No. 2 all season, dropped the Red Raiders to No. 4 after the loss to Bingham.
“From a resume standpoint, I think Punahou and Mililani both have better wins than Kahuku right now,” Hull said. “(Bingham) was the first big test for Kahuku all year and the Red Raiders were shut out for the first time in almost a decade.
“I’m not saying I’d take a Mililani or a Punahou over Kahuku in a game played this week, but I don’t think it’s a definite ‘yes’ that Kahuku would beat both teams. For now I’ll take the teams with a perfect record over a 1-loss Kahuku squad that wasn’t overly impressive against Leilehua or Moanalua either.”
Another team battling quarterback issues, Kamehameha, remained at No. 5 despite a second straight shutout loss. The Warriors were without senior Thomas Yam, but hung tough with the Buffanblu before wearing down in the second half.
Hilo’s unprecedented run in the rankings continued yet again this week as the Vikings are a program-best No. 6 after a 54-0 shutout of Waiakea. Running back Kahale Huddleston failed to return a kickoff for a TD for the first time this year, but did rush for 92 yards and two TD’s and had touchdown receptions of 21 and 25 yards to give him 18 total TD’s this season.
Waianae jumped up three spots to No. 7, ahead of No. 8 Farrington, which dropped two spots after losing to the Trojans. Division II defending state champion Lahainaluna again is No. 9, followed by Campbell, which returned to the rankings after throttling Moanalua 51-6.
Kapolei (11 votes), finished one vote outside of the top 10 after shutting out Kailua, which fell out of the top 10, 33-0.
Damien (nine), St. Francis (four), Kapaa (three) and the Surfriders (two) also received votes.
TOP 10 SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Friday, Sept. 15
>> No. 3 Mililani at Kapolei, 7:30 p.m.
>> No. 6 Hilo at Konawaena, 7 p.m.
>> No. 9 Lahainaluna vs. KS-Maui, 7 p.m.
>> No. 10 Campbell at Radford, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 16
>> No. 4 Punahou vs. No. 1 Saint Louis, 6 p.m., Aloha Stadium
>> No. 2 Kahuku def. Kaiser (Forfeit)
IDLE: No. 3 Punahou, No. 7 Waianae, No. 8 Farrington